"The many references to training bras for Addie's growing 'titties,' the characteristics of a good kiss, and menstruation, may give this more girl appeal than the cover might indicate, but boys who hang in there will learn plenty about friendship, loyalty, and family love. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Although her mother deserted Addie Goode when she was three, the 12-year-old now thrives under the care of her lawyer father and their housekeeper Jessie, whose pithy aphorisms—"polite breeds polite" and "walkin' away from evil is just as evil"—have helped form Addie's values.
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